Powell St. Cigar Store

Description (Brief)
Silver gelatin, mounted. Wooden, (possibly ceramic) Native American man in traditional dress, cigar in mouth, NRA sign affixed on left arm with framed notice below waist, standing in front of store. Rack of magazines (Judge, Life, Time, New Yorker, News-Week, The Literary Digest and College Humor) on left side of photograph. Telephone sign (Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. and American Telephone and Telegraph Co.) in upper left corner. Signed, ink (recto: bottom right). Verso: Adams stamp, title handwritten, ink top center.
Ansel Adams (1902-1984) is one of the most well-known twentieth century photographers. His contributions to the field of photography include his innovation and teaching of the Zone System. The quality of his photographs set the standard by which many straight photographs are judged.
The collection in the Photographic History Collection consists of twenty-five photographs, all printed in or about 1968. All are gelatin silver, mounted, labeled and signed in ink by the photographer. The photographs include some of his most well-known images, but also portraits and objects. The selection of images was made in collaboration between the collecting curator and Adams.
Currently not on view
negative made
print made
Adams, Ansel
place made
United States: California, San Francisco
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 45.5 cm x 35.5 cm; 17 29/32 in x 13 31/32 in
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Credit Line
Reproduction rights held by the Center for Creative Photography--ARIZONA
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Photo History Collection
Ansel Adams Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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